All new international students are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival to the US. PPV is a procedure that verifies a student’s immigration status to ensure that the student is eligible to start an academic program at USC for the upcoming academic semester.
Immigration regulations allow students to enter the US 30 days prior to the start date on the SEVIS I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students). If students plan on entering the US within this 30-day time frame, they can complete Passport Verification (PPV) at one of our PPV sessions.
Students on E1, E4, H-1B, H4, L1, L2, O1, R1 visas or AB540 status must also complete PPV.
Students who have completed a degree program at USC in fall 2019 and are starting a new program at USC in spring 2020 are not required to complete PPV. Instead, simply complete the OIS Validation for Higher Degree form and submit it to OIS in person to get the STU50 hold removed.
PPV Registration Process
1. Certify enrollment and register for a USC email address
- Undergraduate students must submit their Enrollment Commitment Deposit
- Graduate students must submit an Intent to Enroll form
2. Register for one PPV session
Please view the Spring 2020 PPV schedule and register for one session. Please select a day/time that does not coincide with the academic department’s orientation*.
*Master’s students in the Computer Science and Informatics programs have an all day orientation scheduled with The Viterbi School of Engineering on January 8, so they should NOT register for the PPV sessions on January 8.
*Master’s students in all other Engineering programs have an all day orientation scheduled with The Viterbi School of Engineering on January 9, so they should NOT register for the PPV sessions on January 9.
Students will need to bring all required documents for PPV:
- New International Student/Scholar Information Form
- Photocopy of passport
- Photocopy of visa
- Photocopy of I-20/DS-2019
- I-94 Admissions Stamp in Passport or I-94 Printout
3. Review important information on the New Student section of the OIS website on pre-departure preparation, orientation, housing, as well as the Immigration Regulations and Responsibilities of Students.